Nearly 12,000 acres of farmland in New York will now be protected after more than $38 million dollars was awarded to conserve farmland.
The money is being awarded to strengthen New York’s agricultural industry via the Farmland Protection Implementation Grants Program.
“We must continue to protect New York’s precious farmland so our agricultural footprint can grow and so our producers can thrive for generations to come,” Governor Hochul said. “I am proud that we supported the Farmland Protection program in this year’s budget with an increased allocation, demonstrating our commitment to York’s agriculture industry. As a result of the funding being provided today, we are protecting nearly 12,000 acres of farmland for continued agricultural use.”
The Farmland Protection Implementation Grants Program provides financial assistance to counties, municipalities, soil and water conservation districts, and land trusts to enable them to implement farmland protection activities consistent with local agricultural and farmland protection plans.